Pete Ruane

Dr. T. Peter Ruane is the president and CEO of the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), a 106-year old national federation of public and private transportation construction interests with over 5,000 members headquartered in Washington, D.C. He has over 35 years of diversified experience in the economic development, transportation and construction fields. Prior to joining ARTBA in October 1988, he served for nine years as President/CEO of the National Moving and Storage Association (NMSA) an international trade association with members in over 50 countries and its affiliate organizations. Ruane served as the deputy director of the Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA), Office of the Secretary of Defense and the President's Economic Adjustment Committee where he worked on complex economic development projects stemming from military base closures or growth impacts in more than 30 states over the period 1970 to 1980. He received numerous awards as a member of the Senior Executive Service, including the top two government-wide management awards available to a young federal executive (Arthur Fleming and William A. Jump Foundation), and the Secretary of Defense's Meritorious Civilian Service Medal. Ruane is a graduate of Loyola College of Baltimore, and holds a master's degree from the Pennsylvania State University and a doctorate from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He also holds the professional designation Certified Association Executive (CAE). He is a decorated Vietnam veteran, having served as an officer with the U.S. Marine Corps. Ruane is a past chairman and current Director of the Small Business Legislative Council (SBLC), a permanent coalition of some 100 trade organizations representing the entire spectrum of U.S. business. He has held numerous volunteer and elective positions including six years as a Director of the school board at St. Mary's of Annapolis, four of which he served as President. He currently serves as Treasurer, as well as a World Executive Board member of the International Road Federation. He is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Calvert Hall College High School (Baltimore) and a trustee of the Transportation Development Foundation. He is the Vice Chairman of the U.S. Chamber-led Americans for Transportation Mobility (ATM), a broad-based coalition focused on major national transportation legislation. He also co-chairs the Transportation Construction Coalition, a permanent thirty member market-oriented construction trade association and labor coalition working on industry legislative and regulatory issues. He is a frequent witness before Congress and guest on national news programs. He is the first association executive to have been awarded the American Public Works Association Distinguished Service Award in 1999 and was voted one of Engineering News-Record magazine's top newsmakers from throughout the world in 1998. Both of these awards were for his unique personal leadership in the passage of TEA-21, then the largest public works legislation in the history of the United States. In December 2000 he was appointed as the only construction industry trade association executive to serve on the Bush-Cheney Transportation Transition Team. In 2004 he was designated one of the Top 100 Private Sector Transportation Construction Professionals of the 20th Century and recently was named one of Public Works magazine's 2005 "Trendsetters" for his leadership in helping to pass SAFETEA-LU. Ruane was a member of the graduate school faculty at George Washington University for four years, and has been a guest lecturer at a number of universities including Oklahoma, Iowa, American and the National Defense University. He is a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the U.S. Marine Corps. Heritage Foundation. He and his wife Pat reside in Davidsonville, Maryland and have four grown children (Jeanne, Tom, Katie and Colleen) and six grandchildren.